Also mentioned in the Surgeon General’s report (1999), approximately every year one in five Americans experiences a mental disorder. This is a tremendous amount of people who need treatment for their mental disease. As times get rough in our economy today, more research is needed in the field of mental illness. We need to understand the inner workings of the psychological disease and find out how to treat each patient properly for whichever ailment they are experiencing.The state of one’s life relies on their mental health status. People cannot work or even function properly when facing a serious mental illness.
The way we understand psychopathology and related fields has a substantial impact on individuals, medical and mental health professionals, government agencies/programs and society at large (Maddux & Winstead, 2008). We must take swift action in treating these mental disorders; but first we must research to understand the dynamics of such disorders.
ReferencesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.
Maddux, J. E. & Winstead, B. A. (2008). Psychopathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.